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**Worming your Pet

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Guide for Worming
Guide for the Treatment and Prevention of Worms in Dogs
- 2 to 12 weeks, Treat every two weeks
- 12 weeks to 6 months, Treat every month
- From 6 months old, Treat every three months (every 6 weeks in Hydatid areas)

Guide for Treatment of Worms in Cats
- 2 to 12 weeks, Treat every two weeks
- 12 weeks to 6 months, Treat every month
- From 6 months, Treat every 3 months

The above should be interpreted as a general guide to worm treatment. There may be specific recommendations for breeding animals or animals in particular situations, in these cases a veterinarian should be consulted.

Worm buster tips
Follow these simple tips to ensure your pet and home are protected against worm infestation…

  • Ensure that your dog and cat’s bedding and sleeping areas are always clean (including the dog kennel).

  • Remove faeces from your yard or garden.

  • Ensure that fleas are controlled adequately on both cats and dogs.

  • Never feed your pet raw meat or offal. Feed your dog only cooked meat or commercial food.

  • Always wash your hands after playing with your pet and prevent pets from licking your face.

  • Control intermediate hosts such as rats and mice.

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Why is Worming important?
Protect your family and pet
Worms are common internal parasites in pets and if left untreated my cause severe illness or even death. Some of these worms can also infect humans. Regular treatment for worms along with good personal and environment hygiene should be taken to ensure that families and pets can live together safely and happily.
 
It is generally recommended that both dogs and cats are wormed regularly, every 3 months, for intestinal worms. Puppies and kittens require more frequent worming until they are 6 months old and the usual recommendation is that they are wormed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age and then every month until 6 months of age. Once 6 months old, 3 monthly worming should be adequate in most situations. Pregnant and nursing bitches and queens also require more frequent worming, to reduce the level of roundworm infection that they may pass onto their young, either through the placenta or their milk.

Worms are not always easy to detect in your pet. The only way to be sure is to sample the faeces repeatedly and analyse for the presence of eggs. However, some of the common signs that may suggest your pet has worms include: pale gums (anaemia); diarrhoea; a pot-bellied appearance (especially in puppies and kittens); weight loss (despite a good appetite); white segments in the faeces; scooting; or a dull coat. If you are not sure if your pet has worms, you should always consult your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on how best to treat your pet.

The best way to prevent a worm problem is to commence an appropriate and regular worming regime right from the very start.

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